In terms of tourism, the area around Słupsk is one of the most interesting regions in Poland. Both Słupsk – a seven-hundred-year-old town, and other fascinating sites, combined with the vicinity of the sea, make it an increasingly-common popular destination for tourists.


Słupsk lies a short distance from the sea, and the sit on which it was founded is a crossing of the Słupia with an ancient route going from west to east along the the Baltic Sea coast. The town, population one hundred thousand, nurtures its historic sites, and especially the local Castle of the Dukes. It also makes every effort to foster local culinary traditions, and to be a significant cultural hub. It hosts music and theatre festivals and artistes’ meetings, and it has its own fair and sporting events. Having at its disposal the largest collection of Witkacy’s work in the world, the oldest operating lift in Europe, and a leaning tower, the Capital of the Słupsk Land has a good reason to advertise itself with the slogan, “Słupsk – more than you think”.

The Capital is matched by the entire region. Its greatest attractions (besides the beautiful Baltic beaches) are the shifting sands near Łeba, called “the Pomeranian desert” and the Checkered-House Land – the area of characteristic rural architecture connected with the Slovincian culture, once inhabiting this place. No less great are the water courses and hydrotechnical monuments of the Słupsk Land. Cutting through stunning landscapes and areas of protected nature, the canoe trails deliver not only experience of invigorating contact with nature, but also to learning about many interesting solutions used in water management and ways to obtain renewable energy from the force of the flowing river waters.

The Słupsk land is a place of diversity, as well as activities, culture, and water tourism. Its untouched nature and well-preserved historic buildings, great beaches and wonderful local cuisine  make it the dream holiday destination .
 

The Słowiński National Park

The Słowiński National Park

     The Słowiński National Park is a place where you will see the seaside forest, large coastal lakes, marshes and peat bogs, a holy mountain, a lighthouse, a historic village, a German rocket-testing ground, and primarily “the Pomeranian desert” – the shifting dunes. There are few such places where you can relish such a diversity of tourist attractions.

The shifting dunes at the east end of the Łeba Spit enjoy the greatest interest among visitors to the Słowiński National Park. There, on several square kilometres, a natural spectacle plays out, whose nature is different from anything else in this area. On clear days, a mild sea breeze moves the sea sand grain after grain, in other places a strong gust causes a real sandstorm. This way the giant dunes, of which the highest is the 40-metre Góra Łącka, move with the speed of several metres a year, devouring the nearby forest. The size of the dune area, the shape of the blown sand and the wind patterns on it, provide the full illusion of a desert on a dry scorching hot day. The reward for making it through the "desert" is a wonderful, wide beach at the foot of the shifting dunes. The nearby forest is also extraordinary, as it is pristine and full of wind-broken, rotting tree trunks, showing the natural processes going on in a forest ecosystem.


There is a Rocket Launchpad Museum nearby, an attraction for the enthusiasts of militaria and the history of World War II, featuring the original launchpads on which in 1940 German scientists, led by the famous Wernher von Braun, tested the "Wunderwaffe" promised to Hitler, fortunately with little success.


To see how the Slovincians - once the inhabitants of this land - lived, we need to visit the Slovincian Country Museumin Kluki near Smołdzin. Not only does it feature original Slovincian houses and outbuildings preserved in the form of an open-air museum, but it allows visitors to try the local, traditionally-prepared delicacies, and even take part in the traditional activities of the local community.


When visiting Kluki, you cannot overlook the holy mountainof Rowokół, which rises nearly 115 metres - once a Pagan cult site, today the scene of yearly Passion plays with an observation tower. The atmosphere of the holy mountain is conducive to learning the local legends about treasures, mysterious stones, flooded villages and their bells.


All this can be seen in the twinkling of an eye, on a bicycle that can be locally rented, in your car, or by using one of the numerous electric vehicles that carry tourists from attraction to attraction. It is worth checking out theSlovincianLandto see all its wonders for yourself...

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